Finally…Spring is rolling in and I’m elated. Never have been much for winter and I’m always ready when the March arrives. If it were up to me the full year would be April through November, with each month 45 days long...we could skip the depths of full winter entirely. Man oh man…that would be nice!
This year, at least so far, has unfortunately yet again not brought enough snow to the hills and plains. Without some major March snow, there are concerns for lake levels being very low. Farmers and municipalities alike may experience cut-backs in water, and even worse for selfish reasons, boat ramps may get tricky if not entirely unusable, at least for larger vessels. Low water levels also means fewer surface acres to recreate on, meaning crowded conditions.
I’m not one for panicking based on conjecture; after all, it MIGHT snow a ton in March…but let’s be realistic.
So, instead of worrying y’all, I’m planning a couple of seminars geared towards addressing falling/low water levels, and crowded boating conditions…specifically fishing those two scenarios. I’ll host these seminars at the 9th annual Larimer County Fishing Expo, March 9th and 10th at The Ranch complex in Loveland. Several other guides/anglers including Dan Swanson and Nate Zelinsky (both field editors on this site), will present seminars at the free LCFE as well. Times are 9am-6pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. More details at Larimer.org/NaturalResources.
Once again we’ll host a Fishful Thinker Accuracy Challenge at the expo. Last year almost every participant was humbled by the 5 target course! Since I’ve witnessed casting skills as a very weak aspect of anglers I’ve guided, we came up with the contest to shed light on the topic. A St Croix rod is the grand prize, and various gift cards including Sportsman’s Warehouse will be in the mix. Bring your rod or use our St Croixs, but you have to use our casting weights (1/8oz, ¼,oz and ½oz will be available, your choice). The Fishful crew will offer instruction should you desire it.
Speaking of instruction, Pedersen Toyota in Fort Collins is once again a major sponsor of the expo, and they are giving away a guided fishing trip on Horsetooth Reservoir with yours truly. The Pedersen folks have been a long time supporter of the Full Moon Open tournament, the LCFE, and all things Fishful…these guys are great supporters of both community and fishing; please stop by and sign up for the trip at the expo or at their dealership. Talk a little fishing with them while your there…they all love to fish!
The following week Dan Swanson and I are heading over “the hill” to Grand Junction to host presentations in conjunction with Mattas Marine and Sportsman’s Warehouse on March 15th and 16th (yes, Fri and Sat). Mattas Marine will fill the Sportsman’s Warehouse parking lot with Ranger boats and other brands and RV’s, and we’ll host a casting contest as well. The Dynamic Lures guys (makers of the HD Trout) will be set-up there too. We don’t spend enough time on the Western Slope so I’m looking forward to this one. If you’re in the GJ area, stop by…Sportsman’s Warehouse, Dynamic Lures, and others will provide some prizes.
Mrs Fishful and I just got back from the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in Tulsa. It’s the most prestigious derby in bass fishing with 53 guys fishing three days hoping to win the $500,000 first prize. What did I learn from the February derby? That bass can still be readily caught in the 38-45 degree water they faced. Don’t get me wrong, I knew they could be caught, but these guys really crushed the largemouth on a variety of baits. Jerkbaits, jigs, cranks, and more were all successful in catching numbers of fish over 4 pounds, with several 7 pounders being caught. Lesson: as the local ponds begin to ice out, get after ‘em…no reason to wait for warmer water!
So, we hope to see you at one of these events or on the water...soon! CL